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Mar 11, 2005
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Toponyms

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A.Word.A.Day--hackney

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hackney (HAK-nee)
adjective

  1. Trite.
  2. Let out for hire.
verb tr.
  1. To make banal or common by frequent use.
  2. To hire out.
noun
  1. A breed of horses developed in England, having a high-stepping gait.
  2. A horse suitable for routine riding or driving.
  3. A carriage or coach for hire.
[Probably after Hackney in East London, where such horses were raised. The word hack, in related senses, is a short form of hackney.]

See more usage examples of hackney in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

"Is this 80-minute underwater romp, studded with celebrity voice roles, Pixar's somewhat hackneyed answer to Dreamworks' Finding Nemo? You decide."
Look & Listen; Prague Tribune (Czech Republic); Mar 3, 2005.

"The move was pioneered by safety chiefs from the Shrewsbury Shop and Pub Watch scheme, with cameras also being installed in two hackney carriages in the town."
Taxi Drivers Feel Safer As Cars Get CCTV; The Shropshire Star (UK); Mar 2, 2005.

This week's theme: toponyms.

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